Vox producer Phil Edwards explains the world through its footnotes.
How slow motion works
The 1850s map that changed how we fight outbreaks
The real story behind this war poster
The right way to play Monopoly
The conspiracy behind this famous statue
Was this the greatest dog of all time?
The original Game of Life was incredibly dark
We called random Swedes. They told us about … foraging?
Why people never smiled in old photos
Hollywood almost lost to this city
The trick that made animation realistic
The first movie with CGI
Why movies went from 15 minutes to 2 hours
How stop motion animation began
Why the US drinking age is 21
Why Route 66 became America’s most famous road
Why so many suburbs look the same
Where Manhattan’s grid plan came from
Thomas Edison's road trip with his famous friends
Vox Almanac is going on a road trip
The goose that conquered America
How Leonardo da Vinci made a "satellite" map in 1502
Why baby cages were a thing
Why cartoon characters curse like this
How Phil Edwards finds forgotten stories
The DeLorean paradox: how it failed and became a legend
Phil Edwards reviews DeLorean books
Why monks had that haircut
The World War II battle against STDs
Producer commentary: The WWII battle against STD's
The facial prosthetics of World War I
Why gamers use WASD to move
Why Americans suck at soccer (well, the men)
Why so many sitcoms look the same
Why old buildings use the same leaf design
Why ships used this camouflage in World War I
Why the triple axel is such a big deal
How audiobooks are recorded
How Technicolor changed movies
The dollhouses of death that changed forensic science
What the names for bodies of water mean
The rise and fall of the American fallout shelter
Watching Duck and Cover with Phil Edwards
How an MS Paint artist made this picture
The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes
Why every American graduation plays the same song
Why Philadelphia has thousands of murals
Why knights fought snails in medieval art
How a dictionary writer defines English
The font that escaped the Nazis and landed on the moon
Minecraft isn't just a game. It's an art form.
The incredible sport of cup stacking, explained
How the screens inside movies build fictional worlds
The hidden war over grocery shelf space
How streets, roads, and avenues are different
How a mathematician dissects a coincidence
Would you use time travel to kill baby Hitler?
Why the Lincoln Memorial was almost never built
How the Mona Lisa became so overrated
Where the "comic book font" came from
The hippest internet cafe of 1995
Yes, race walking is an Olympic sport. Here’s how it works.
Ancient Romans had yummy condiments. Here’s a recipe.
This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. Why did it fail?
Proxemics: the study of personal space
The Oxford comma's unlikely origin
The big fight over Coexist
When carmakers taunted horses
When running was for weirdos
The world's greatest internet troll explains his craft
Vikings never wore horned helmets. Here's why people thought they did.
The pneumatic tube's strange 150-year journey
We’ve hit peak lens flare. Here’s how it started.
How "the robot" became the greatest novelty dance of all time
Why the Wingdings font exists
The R-rated Oregon Trail
Astronaut ice cream is a lie
Why Teddy Roosevelt killed 512 animals on safari
Why Yankee Doodle called it "macaroni"
The video the Illuminati doesn’t want you to see
SantaCon's surprising roots in Danish performance art
The World War II meme that circled the world
How the first nude movies were made
Soul patches, explained
The hallucinogens that might have sparked the Salem witch trials
Thin underwater cables hold the internet. See a map of them all.
The reason every meme uses that one font
Why babies in medieval paintings look like ugly old men
The real voice of Siri explains the art of voiceover